ARIA The OVA ~Arietta~
It has been a long time since ARIA The NATURAL ended, in fact it finished airing on the 1st October 2006, and it sadden me greatly that it finished. But then the ARIA OVA was announced and I was ecstatic, and now that it has aired, I can honestly say it was so beautiful that it makes me want to cry tears of joy. Everything about it was done really like the animation has improved significantly. The background and panning shots of Neo-Venezia look almost like paintings and everything feels so vibrant. It was also nice to see all the characters once again and this OVA brings us all the things that we love about it. The music, the super-deformed appearances, Aria-shachou’s funny moments, and the simply feeling of losing track of time.
OP: “Nanairo no Sora o (七色の空を)” by SONOROUS – A little disappointed that it wasn’t a Makino Yui song, but it’s still a nice song and it gives a nice opening feel with the panning shots of Neo-Venezia.
ED: “Ashita, Yuugure Made (明日、夕暮れまで)” by Erino Hazuki – Just like in previous ARIA series, the ending blends in well with the wrap up of the episode, giving a happy feeling with more panning shots of a quiet and beautiful Neo-Venezia.
If you are expecting a write up, sorry, not here. I don’t have the time, but you can check out Totali’s post at Subculture Anime Blog. When I first heard about this, I was wondering quite a lot on what story they were going to take. ARIA being episodic in nature, it was quite difficult to determine which chapter/s from the manga it would use, but they decided to go with an anime original, which is probably the best choice. The story follows three parts, Alicia’s past, Akari and Alicia’s present, and Akari’s future. The transition from Alicia becoming a Prima to Akari’s route to one shows us a large space of time, but it can also show us that time is irrelevant. With the present, time seems to stand still to allow us to appreciate what we see and feel now, and with the look into the future, it shows us what we could expect. This OVA only goes for 30 minutes, but to me, it felt like an hour. I always get that feeling about ARIA, and how an episode always seem to go longer than it seems, but that is one aspect that I like about this series.
As many of you are aware of, the 3rd season of ARIA has been announced and this OVA is a nice preview of some of the things to expect. With ARIA The ORIGINATION composing of staff from the OVA, I think we can expect the same level of quality. Of course, my burning passion for ARIA is blazing, I definitely can’t wait for the 3rd season to start airing. A definite series for me to blog and I hope I can keep up to date on it.
Also if you want to purchase the ARIA The OVA ~ARIETTA~ DVD, you can order your copy from Amazon Japan.
Meanwhile in other ARIA news, the 2008 Desktop and Wall Calendar are available for pre-order, and there is also going to be a 3rd ARIA Premium Poster Book as well as the 11th Volume of the ARIA manga.
ARIA 2008 Desktop Calendar: Amazon Japan (¥1400), HLJ (¥1334) – Release Date: 30/11/2007
ARIA 2008 Wall Calendar: Amazon Japan (¥2000) – Release Date: 30/11/2007
ARIA Premium Poster Book 3: HLJ (¥2857) – Release Date: 22/12/2007
ARIA Volume 11: Amazon Japan (¥1200) – Release Date: 03/10/2007
Some definite buys for me. Luckily I work. Also the final ARIA figure by Solid Works, Athena, as well as the Solid Works ARIA Collection 1 has been released and is being shipped to me currently. Do look forward to photos of them.